Napa Valley 1839 FC improved to 2-0 in National Premier Soccer League play with a dominant 3-0 win over Academica Soccer Club of Turlock on Saturday night at Justin Siena’s Dodd Stadium in front of 500 electric spectators.
Anticipation for this match was big for many fans and players. Up until the 2021 campaign 1839 FC had never been defeated by Academica SC, picking up victories both home and away since the clubs’ first meeting in 2018. Turlock changed that narrative last season, eliminating Napa Valley in the NPSL Return to Play Series Tournament semifinals en route to claiming the Golden Gate Conference crown.
“Academica is a good side,” 1839 FC head coach Mark Corbett said. “They won the league last year, so it was important that we started fast. We hadn’t done that the previous two times we played them, so the message was to start fast and that’s exactly what we did to get up 2-0 within the first 10 to 15 minutes.”
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